Let’s hear it for Slocan!

Council votes to adopt your 100% Renewable Energy Plan! Last night, Slocan Village Council voted unanimously to officially adopt the West Kootenay EcoSociety’s 100% Renewable Energy Plan! This means that Slocan has joined other small, rural towns like Kaslo, Warfield, Rossland, Castlegar, and Nelson as leaders in the transition to renewable energy.   The Village…

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A Message from Our Executive Director

Trying to do better This article contains content about residential schools that may be triggering. Support for survivors and their families is available. Call the Indian Residential School Survivors Society at 1-800-721-0066 or 1-866-925-4419 for the 24-7 crisis line. The KUU-US Crisis Line Society also offers 24-7 support at 250-723-4050 for adults, 250-723-2040 for youth, or toll-free at…

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Farms to Friends Delivers its 2500th bag of Fresh Food to Households in Need!

  As we approach our one-year anniversary, Farms to Friends has officially delivered its 2500th bag of fresh food to local community members in need. The program, which started last summer by the West Kootenay EcoSociety in response to the local food insecurity many people across the region experience, has expanded to support 75 households in need every week. Farms to Friends delivers…

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April 30th marks one year! Let’s celebrate!

On April 30th Premier Horgan and his government will have had their report outlining how to protect old growth forests in their hands for one year. It might feel like there is nothing to celebrate. While Premier Horgan promised protection for old growth forests, the last remaining ancient trees are still being cut down.  As concerned citizens of BC, we can hold the BC Government accountable to…

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What does volunteering & working at EcoSociety mean to you?

Remember when we could safely gather and take part in parades and other celebrations? Let's work toward doing that again soon. Earth Day parade, Nelson, 2019. To celebrate Earth Day, we asked EcoSociety staff and volunteers why they work and volunteer with us, what motivates them, and why it is important to them. Here are a few of their answers.  “Volunteering for the EcoSociety over the past…

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Sponsor Shoutout Series – Oso Negro

Oh! So Nelson - Cafe, Community & MorePicture a beautiful, serene setting right in the lap of the mountains.  What is the overarching feeling accompanying the soothing imagery? For us in the Kootenays, it’s always warm, fuzzy and feels like home!  In the majestic presence of the Selkirk Mountains lies a place of such warmth and comfort called Oso Negro Coffee. This local business has been…

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EcoSociety supports watershed plans for clean drinking water

Children standing by the source of their grandparent’s drinking water. Glade, BC.   The Kootenays are home to one of the highest populations in BC that depends on creeks, streams and surface water springs for their drinking water. These communities have all of the responsibility to keep their drinking water clean but little means to do so.  People need safe, clean drinking water, and we have…

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Fruitvale you did it!

Let’s take this moment to celebrate: Fruitvale Village Council just unanimously voted to commit to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050! This makes Fruitvale the 10th community in the West Kootenays to commit to this goal and to make a plan for a healthier, safer, and cleaner community. Together with your neighbours, you are leading the way to a 100% renewable energy future! How are you…

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Playbook brings 100% renewable energy possibility to your community

We all want to live in safe, healthy, and strong communities. Making sure we have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink and healthy local food to eat are the biggest steps we can take to keep our communities thriving.  Communities across Canada now have a tool to help them achieve these goals, while working to prevent the worst impacts of climate change that threaten our communities. West…

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Let Fruitvale know that you care

On Monday, March 8th, Fruitvale Village Council will be voting on whether to commit to a transition to 100% renewable energy in your community. If you and your neighbours send a letter to council letting them know you support a transition to 100% renewable energy in your community, then Council will vote in favour of the transition, because they will feel supported by you and your neighbours to…

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